In a letter sent on Wednesday to FAA Flight Standards Service director James Ballough, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) conveyed its concerns about the progress of the Part 91K/125/135 takeoff and landing performance assessment aviation rulemaking committee (ARC).
The FAA has withdrawn several previously published rulemaking proposals because the planned actions have been overcome by events, are no longer relevant or will be addressed in future rulemaking. Withdrawn proposals include a 1988 notice calling for improved water-survival equipment and a 1990 proposal to amend Part 77 (the rules covering the construction of objects affecting navigable airspace).
The public comment period on a proposed rewrite of FAR Parts 125 and 135 has been reopened until November 13, at the request of the aviation rulemaking committee reviewing the proposal. The regulatory review was prompted by myriad changes in the industry since Part 135 was originally written in the mid-1960s, including the growing use of bizliners such as the BBJ.
The FAA is again asking for public comments on its review of FAR Parts 135 and 125, which started last month in Washington, D.C. An aviation rulemaking committee made up of industry representatives met over three days to address about 130 issues.
The DOT is proposing to eliminate many of the drug-related questions required to be answered by employers on the annual management information system (MIS) forms. If the proposal is adopted, 14 question areas will be dropped from the MIS form. Elimination of the data will reduce the MIS form to a single page and standardize the information collected across DOT agencies, including the FAA.
Implementation of amendments adopted in September 2000 revising the service difficulty reporting (SDR) rules have again been delayed. After several previous implementation delays, the new rules had been rescheduled to go into effect on January 16. But the FAA is delaying the effective date of the rules one year to Jan. 16, 2004.
Despite internal FAA reforms in 1998 designed to speed rulemaking, the median times that the agency took to complete both the proposed rule phase and the final rule phase increased in the three-year period after the reforms were instituted, even though it published fewer rules then it did during the three years before the reforms.
The FAA last month issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requesting comments to identify regulations currently in effect that should be amended, removed or simplified. “Getting public comments is a necessary element to make our regulations more effective and less burdensome,” the agency said.
The FAA today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requesting comments to identify regulations currently in effect that should be amended, removed or simplified. “Getting public comments is a necessary element of our effort to make our regulations more effective and less burdensome,” the agency said.
Smaller regional airlines will be required to provide substantially more air traffic activity statistics to the DOT, if a notice of proposed rulemaking is adopted. Existing rules exempt carriers operating only airplanes of fewer than 60 seats from the current detailed reporting requirements.